Hiroshima Chapter

Choice and Cooperation in the Children's Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 June 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Chris Hunt (Wise Hat English, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima)

Humans are social animals that thrive on choice. But can the dedicated teacher really sanction genuine choice for children? Surely, we teachers know better, and surely we have a duty to maximise the amount of learning that takes place? This practical workshop will demonstrate how we can maximise language learning through maximising choice.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Writing Graded Readers

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 May 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob Waring (Notre Dame Seishin Women's University, Okayama)

This talk will discuss what happens at each of the stages in the writing of a graded reader series, namely Conceptualisation, Development, Production, and Manufacture. We'll also look at how to develop the linguistic syllabus, the wordlists, and levels. We'll then explore some of the important elements to consider when writing a story for foreign language learners.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Teaching Humor in the EFL Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Richard Hodson (University of Nagasaki)

Why should we consider teaching humour in EFL classes? How should we select and use humorous texts? In this presentation, Richard Hodson will introduce some of the theoretical and practical issues behind the teaching of humor, as well as sharing results from his classroom research into EFL learners' responses to English jokes.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Helping Students

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 March 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Cynthia Akazawa (Owner, Interact English School, Kurashiki)

During the first hour, Ms. Akazawa will show a model for informally assessing students with learning weaknesses. During the second hour there will be a round-table discussion dealing with trouble-shooting in the adult classroom.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Book Reports

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 February 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Miki Shibata
Speaker: 
Richard Gabbrielli
Speaker: 
Eleanor Carson
Speaker: 
Tim Buthod
Speaker: 
Fuyuko Ruetenik
Speaker: 
Mathew Porter

Six local teachers will give reports about the following scholastic works: Grammar Acquisition and Processing Instruction: Secondary and cumulative effects, by A.G. Benati and J.F. Lee; Teaching for Success: The brain-friendly revolution in action! by Mark Fletcher; How to Be Excellent at Anything, by Tony Schwartz; Learning New Languages: A guide to second language acquisition, by T.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 250 yen)

Active Participation through Student Response Systems

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 January 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Bill Pellowe (Kinki University, Fukuoka)

Teachers can motivate students to stay focused in the classroom through student response systems (SRS) that require all students to respond simultaneously. In the first part, this renown presenter will demonstrate a low-tech SRS using simple, 2-sided answer paddles. Next, he will demonstrate a high-tech SRS that he developed.

Location: 
YMCA (Red Brick Building), 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 250 yen)

Hiroshima JALT Mini-Conference & Bookfair

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 December 2012 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Barbara Sakamoto
Speaker: 
Aleda Krause
Speaker: 
and many others!

One of the largest language-teaching conferences in the Chugoku region will feature presentations on teaching students of all ages, and covering such areas as CALL, extensive reading, learner development, global issues, and teaching children with special needs. There will also be publishers' displays. Everyone is welcome. For details go to: http://hiroshima-jalt.org/ or check local e-mails.

Location: 
YMCA (Red Brick Building), 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 200 yen)

The Best Ways to Learn Japanese

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 November 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ed McNamara (Koyo Higashi High School, JET Program)
Speaker: 
Monika Szirmai (Hiroshima International University)
Speaker: 
Warren Tang (Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University)
Speaker: 
Joe Lauer (Hiroshima University)

What are the best ways to learn Japanese? Four enthusiastic learners of the language will tell their stories and secrets. They will explain about their goals, methods, tribulations, and realizations. During the final 30 minutes, members of the audience will be encouraged to tell their stories too!

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 250 yen)

Students' Voice and Critical Thinking about Environment Issues through News Item Writing

Date and Time: 
Monday, 8 October 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Inggy Yuliani Pribady

Inggy Yuliani Pribady, this year's JALT Asian Scholar and Four Corners Tour Speaker, will be coming to Hiroshima JALT all the way from Indonesia! Inggy is a junior high school English teacher whose work has been praised at several international conferences.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 250 yen)

National Conference Sneak Preview, and My Share

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 September 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Hiroshima Area Speakers

To whet your appetite for the National JALT Conference in Hamamatsu, Oct. 12-15, various Hiroshima area speakers will give special previews of their National presentations. Also, there is a strong possibility that we will do "My Share", so feel free to bring a teaching idea or an interesting research finding which you can share with the group. For details, see the Hiroshima Chapter e-mails.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 250 yen)
Contact or Queries: 
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